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The Pines... by © Janis Zroback

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We sleep in the sleep of ages, the bleak, barbarian pines;
The gray moss drapes us like sages, and closer we lock our lines,
And deeper we clutch through the gelid gloom where never a sunbeam shines
.

On the flanks of the storm-gored ridges are our black battalions massed;
We surge in a host to the sullen coast, and we sing in the ocean blast;
From empire of sea to empire of snow we grip our empire fast
.

To the niggard lands were we driven, ’twixt desert and floes are we penned;
To us was the Northland given, ours to stronghold and defend;
Ours till the world be riven in the crash of the utter end
..

Ours from the bleak beginning, through the aeons of death-like sleep;
Ours from the shock when the naked rock was hurled from the hissing deep;
Ours through the twilight ages of weary glacier creep

Wind of the East, Wind of the West, wandering to and fro,
Chant your songs in our topmost boughs, that the sons of men may know
The peerless pine was the first to come, and the pine will be last to go
!

We pillar the halls of perfumed gloom; we plume where the eagles soar;
The North-wind swoops from the brooding Pole, and our ancients crash and roar;
But where one falls from the crumbling walls shoots up a hardy score
.

We spring from the gloom of the canyon’s womb; in the valley’s lap we lie;
From the white foam-fringe, where the breakers cringe to the peaks that tusk the sky,
We climb, and we peer in the crag-locked mere that gleams like a golden eye
.

Gain to the verge of the hog-back ridge where the vision ranges free:
Pines and pines and the shadow of pines as far as the eye can see;
A steadfast legion of stalwart knights in dominant empiry
.

Sun, moon and stars give answer; shall we not staunchly stand,
Even as now, forever, wards of the wilder strand,
Sentinels of the stillness, lords of the last, lone land
.. R.W.Service

My home is the home of the pines….Abstract of a pine forest at nightfall in winter…Watercolour on Arches Not Paper…

I paint in many different styles and feature a myriad of subject matter, which I show as individual collections….
I am inspired by the world interpreting it in brilliant colours, often influenced by the writings of famous authors and poets..
© All rights reserved. All images contained on these pages are © copyright protected by Janis Zroback and any use of these images in any form without her written permission will be considered an infringement of these copyrights.

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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackabout 2 years ago


    Wind of the East, Wind of the West, wandering to and fro,
    Chant your songs in our topmost boughs, that the sons of men may know
    The peerless pine was the first to come, and the pine will be last to go
    !
    To read the entire poem and more about this painting, click description above…


  • We sleep in the sleep of ages, the bleak, barbarian pines;
    The gray moss drapes us like sages, and closer we lock our lines,
    And deeper we clutch through the gelid gloom where never a sunbeam shines
    .

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 2 years ago

    Outstanding work!!! Happy Holidays!!!

  • Thank you so much Vitta…same to you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • evon ski
    evon skiabout 2 years ago

    Powerful and Gorgeous!!! my mouth was just open here looing at thi beauty. a real wow for me Janis!!

  • How lovely of you to say so Yvonca…thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous light!!

  • Thank you so much Leslie…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Shehan Fernando
    Shehan Fernandoabout 2 years ago

    Nice work

  • Thank you so much Shehan…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 2 years ago

    Terrific work, Janis! Love the color tones, the light and the abstract look of this! Happy New Year!

  • Thank you so much Dot…lovely to see you and all the best in the New Year…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 2 years ago

    great work

  • Thanks so much Syl…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 2 years ago

    Another stunning composition wahini….stay warm and safe…

  • Thanks so much KJ…it’s coming later this afternoon, so we’re all locked in…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 2 years ago

    Nice! I like the sparkly highlights, they remind me of the embers from a fire.

  • In the evening snow sparkles as it falls…it’s expected that we will get the first heavy fall this evening…we have battened down the hatches in preparation…glad you like the painting…thanks so much Cindy…

    – © Janis Zroback

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